November 23, 2017
By Ed Byrne
The Brillion News
REEDSVILLE – At the November 9 meeting of the Reedsville Village Board, Trustee Jerry Reis tried to initiate discussion on two issues related to the Reedsville Fire Department, but was told not to bring them up because they were not specifically noticed on the published agenda for the meeting.
The Brillion News requested one of the documents under the state’s Public Records Law and the request was honored by Clerk-Treasurer Mary Jo Krahn after she consulted with the village’s legal counsel, Manitowoc attorney Katherine Reynolds.
The document released to the newspaper was a letter, dated October 18, 2017, from Reynolds to Krahn.
It dealt with two members of the village’s fire department, who were brought onto the department without first passing a background check and satisfactorily completing a physical exam.
Reynolds said that Riley Kasper and Dan Kocourek “were allowed to participate [as firefighters] without completing the conditions for employment.”
She said they essentially waived the required conditions for employment as firefighters. Reedsville firefighters are considered part-time employees, who are paid “on call” for training and for fire and service calls.
Reynolds said the village should pay both men for time they put in, despite the fact that they didn’t get cleared by passing background checks and physicals.
“However, we recommend that neither person be allowed to participate in any further activity until all conditions of employment have been met,” Reynolds wrote. “The fire department must follow the policies set by the Village Board.”
She outlined the requirements:
The physical exam must be completed within one month of an applicant’s acceptance by the fire department; and until the physical is completed, the candidate cannot take part in any fire calls.
“Another policy requires a background check and completion of the testing requirement,” Reynolds further wrote. “Further, the fire chief should not allow any applicant to participate in any services until the conditions of employment are met.”
If the requirements are not met within one month of a conditional offer of employment, Reynolds said “then the offer of employment by its terms is ended. There should be no exceptions.”
Please see the complete story in the November 23, 2017 edition of The Brillion News.